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We're Takin' A Flight: Zelena Sierra plays Abuela Claudia in IN THE HEIGHTS

From Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes comes IN THE HEIGHTS, a moving musical journey that takes place over three days in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood. Bursting with song and dance, and alive with the pulse of those who dare to dream, the Tony Award-winning musical plays in the Jeffers Theatre at HCT from June 21st through June 29th.

Making her HCT debut as Abuela Claudia—the neighborhood matron who's seen it all and cares for everyone—is Zelena Sierra.

Originally hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Sierra now lives in Charlotte and enjoys baking and working with makeup in her free time. Her other recent credits include productions of HEAD OVER HEELS and GODSPELL. She is happy to be performing in such a "beautiful old style theatre" in a show that is dear to her heart and personal history. "Being Puerto Rican and from New York, there is no way I was gonna miss the opportunity to tell the story of not only my people but also my home. I get to tell the untold story of so many Latinx women who have faced different levels of discrimination and still pushed to find their place in America."

Performances of IN THE HEIGHTS are Fridays and Saturdays, June 7th through June 29th at 7:30 PM; Sundays, June 16th and June 23rd at 2:30 PM; and, Thursday, June 27th at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $16 for adults, $10 for youth and students.

Tickets are available online at, or by phone at 828-328-2283. The theatre box office is open from 12-5 PM Wednesday through Friday, or one half-hour before a performance.

AIRNESS is rated R. Under 17 requires adult guardian.

IN THE HEIGHTS is produced in association with Alex Lee, Inc. The Hickory Community Theatre’s 75th season is sponsored by Paramount Automotive, SunBelt Xpress and Green Park Dentistry. HCT is a Funded Affiliate of Arts, Culture Catawba and receives additional support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

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